If you’re planning a Disney vacation soon, you already know that you need to set a budget and do a little penny pinching to make it happen. To put everything together and turn that Disney dream into a real life vacation come true, you will want a few tricks and tips to help you save money. Check these out and get ready for your Disney adventure on a shoestring budget.
Sure, you might be thinking about that Disney vacation during the busy summer season when the kids are out of school (and everyone else is visiting!), but save some money by going in the off-season. Consider scheduling your trip between Labor Day and Memorial Day and not during Christmas break or spring break. This can save a good bundle of money on travel and accommodations.
Look for Low-Cost Accommodations Near the Park
Some hotels located near Disney will offer free shuttle services to and from the park. Do your homework and look for a decent hotel that can offer a great price on a room or a suite. Try to find a suite with a kitchenette or at least a microwave and a fridge to save a little on food costs.
Take Your Own Food
If you are able to book an inexpensive hotel suite with a kitchenette or a microwave and fridge, take your own food to save some money. You can prepare some meals and snacks in your room and save a nice chunk of change by buying food at your hometown grocery store and taking it with you.
Save on Souvenirs
Souvenirs can get pretty expensive no matter where you go, and Disney is no exception. If you have a bunch of kids or even just one or two, they will undoubtedly beg for the Disney-themed items they see all around while visiting the park. Plan ahead and get a jump on the souvenir shopping by scouring yard sales and thrifts stores in your hometown for Disney items. You can often find gently used Disney items for pennies. Put them away and pack them for your trip. Dole them out as necessary and the kids can have Disney stuff to bring home without spending a small fortune.
Check Your Memberships
If you are a member of any associations, credit unions, or other organizations (AAA, Farm Bureau, etc.), check to see if they offer any discounts on Disney tickets or hotel stays. You might be able to qualify for other perks that would save some money.
A trip to Disney isn’t cheap, that’s for certain, but with a little planning and investigating, you can cut costs and save a few bucks. Do your homework and start early so you can make it work for your family’s fantastic getaway.